Complete portfolio of six pencil signed and numbered modernist depictions of boxers in action by William Horace Littlefield (1902-1969) New England artist who specialized in figure studies of male nudes and later turned almost exclusively to painting in the abstract expressionist style. This portfolio "La Boxe" was published in Paris in 1929 by Editions Des Quartre Chemins in an edition of only 65 copies and is rarely found complete today. A single print is in the collection of the University of Michigan Museum of Art and a portfolio is owned by the British Museum. Each print is individually signed and numbered 31/65. The prints measure 25.5" by 19.75" (sheet size) and are housed in the original portfolio which measures 26" by 20" and retains all for of the ribbon ties and title label. The prints are in excellent condition with mild paper toning near the edges and the bottom left corner with a pair of mild creases. These features would of course be covered if the prints were matted. Littlefield studied at Harvard & the Fogg Museum and in Paris where he shared a studio with the British painter and printmaker Stanley William Hayter. In 1931, the John Becker Galleries in New York City mounted Littlefield’s first one-person show. He was included in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s first biennial in 1932, and, in 1936, in a group exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. In 1938, he had his first solo exhibition in Boston at Grace Horne Galleries. He was co-founder of the Cape Cod Art Association, where he was co-director in 1947. Littlefield studied with Morris Davidson in New York beginning in 1951, and with Hans Hofmann in Provincetown in 1952. He was a member of The Club in Manhattan, whose artists were associated with abstract expressionism. Littlefield worked in a variety of media, including oil, collage, watercolor, drawing and printmaking.

Early 20th Century
Sporting Art
France • French


"La Boxe" 1929 Portfolio by William Horace Littlefield


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